Archive | July, 2011

Playing Favourites: Jack B., July 31, 2011

31 Jul

Playing Favourites is a running series featuring MIA visitors, staff and volunteers with their favorite objects in our collection.  Playing Favourites is open to every person at MIA, so please let us know if you’d like to participate the next time you visit.

MIA visitor Jack with “Shaman Transforming (c. 1980s), by Judas Ullulaq (1937 – 1999 ), Uqsuqtuuq (Gjoa Haven), Stone, Whalebone, Antler, Private Collection

Where are you from?

Mississauga, ON

What brings you to MIA? Is this your first visit?

Interest in Inuit art due to its melancholic nature.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

I found it both terrifying, titillating and awe-inspiring – moving me from my general depressive state to a melancholic one.

Posted by: Jessica Cappuccitti, MIA’s Volunteer Coordinator

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Playing Favourites: Artin and Arad M., July 31, 2011

31 Jul

Playing Favourites is a running series featuring MIA visitors, staff and volunteers with their favorite objects in our collection.  Playing Favourites is open to every person at MIA, so please let us know if you’d like to participate the next time you visit.

MIA visitors Artin and Arad with “Winter Scene: with Dog Sleds and Igloos”, by Emily Pangnerk Illuitok  (1943 – ), Kugaaruk (Pelly Bay), Stone, Ivory, Sinew, Leather, Hide, MIA Collection

Where are you from?

Canada

What brings you to MIA? Is this your first visit?

Yes sight-seeing.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

It shows us the Inuit lifestyle.

Posted by: Jessica Cappuccitti, MIA’s Volunteer Coordinator

Playing Favourites: Joliz T., July 31, 2011

31 Jul

Playing Favourites is a running series featuring MIA visitors, staff and volunteers with their favorite objects in our collection.  Playing Favourites is open to every person at MIA, so please let us know if you’d like to participate the next time you visit.

MIA visitor Joliz with “Bird”, by Lukta Qiatsuk (1928 – 2004), Kinngait (Cape Dorset), Stone, MIA Collection

Where are you from?

Toronto

What brings you to MIA? Is this your first visit?

Because I visited the Harbourfront.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

Because green is my favourite colour; and I love birds.

Posted by: Jessica Cappuccitti, MIA’s Volunteer Coordinator

Playing Favourites: Frank S., July 31, 2011

31 Jul

Playing Favourites is a running series featuring MIA visitors, staff and volunteers with their favorite objects in our collection.  Playing Favourites is open to every person at MIA, so please let us know if you’d like to participate the next time you visit.

MIA visitor Frank with “Winter Scene: with Dog Sleds and Igloos”, by Emily Pangnerk Illuitok (1943 – ), Kugaaruk (Pelly Bay), Stone, Ivory, Sinew, Leather, Hide, MIA Collection

Where are you from?

Toronto

What brings you to MIA? Is this your first visit?

Yes, this is my first visit.  Walked in the museum – attracted by the art emanating from within.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

It tells about a moment in the life of the Inuit.

Posted by: Jessica Cappuccitti, MIA’s Volunteer Coordinator

Playing Favourites: Edgar G., July 31, 2011

31 Jul

Playing Favourites is a running series featuring MIA visitors, staff and volunteers with their favorite objects in our collection.  Playing Favourites is open to every person at MIA, so please let us know if you’d like to participate the next time you visit.

MIA visitor Edgar next to “Spirit World of the Inuit” by Manasie Akpaliapik (1955 – ), Ikpiarjuk (Arctic Bay), Whalebone, stone, ivory, Private Collection on Loan to MIA

Where are you from?

Mexico

What brings you to MIA? Is this your first visit?

I was just walking around by the shore and I found this amazing museum!

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

I was really surprised it was made of whale bone; and how many details and meanings it has.  Plus when I was told this whalebone might possibly be more than 400 years old I was astonished.

Posted by: Jessica Cappuccitti , MIA’s Volunteer Coordinator

Playing Favourites: Elena H., July 31, 2011

31 Jul

Playing Favourites is a running series featuring MIA visitors, staff and volunteers with their favorite objects in our collection.  Playing Favourites is open to every person at MIA, so please let us know if you’d like to participate the next time you visit.

MIA visitor Elena next to “Mother and Child” case

Where are you from?

Mexico City

What brings you to MIA? Is this your first visit?

Yes, this is my first visit.  When I see a museum ike to visit.  It is the main attraction for me.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

As a grandmother I love all the images of mother and child.  They touch my heart.

Posted by: Jessica Cappuccitti, MIA’s Volunteer Coordinator

Playing Favourites: Valeria H., July 31, 2011

31 Jul

Playing Favourites is a running series featuring MIA visitors, staff and volunteers with their favorite objects in our collection.  Playing Favourites is open to every person at MIA, so please let us know if you’d like to participate the next time you visit.

MIA visitor Valeria with “Amouti” (2009) by Irene Avaalaaqiaq (1941 – ), Qamani’tuaq (Baker Lake), fabric, thread, glass beads, Sprott/MIA Collection

Where are you from?

Mexico

What brings you to MIA? Is this your first visit?

Touring around Harbourfront.

Why is this your favourite piece in the collection?

This piece was my favourite one because of the similarity with some pieces made by Mexico’s Huicholes who also were one of Mexico’s first inhabtants.  The colours of the beads and the way these were arranged are surprisingly similar and of course, beautiful!

Posted by: Jessica Cappuccitti, MIA’s Volunteer Coordinator